Maunga Kura Toi (Whakairo)

Bachelor of Māori Art

  • Level 7
  • 3 yrs 36 weeks per year
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

The art of the carver was and still is something to be revered and sought after. We are proud to offer the only degree in whakairo in the world. On this programme you can develop a rich traditional body of knowledge while also earning the academic recognition of the modern world and the career opportunities that come with it.

Imagine the satisfaction you’ll feel standing next to a tekoteko or poupou you’ve carved. Follow in the footsteps of your tūpuna, and learn how whakairo can enrich your life and the life of your whānau.

Become a kaitiaki of the art of whakairo.


You'll learn about:

  • mātauranga Māori relating to whakairo
  • Māori language and tikanga
  • creative processes
  • research, writing, and presentation skills along with academic conventions
  • reflective practice, analysis, critique and synthesis

You'll know how to:

  • apply the principles of whakairo design and production
  • maintain your carving tools
  • explain your creative processes
  • articulate the meanings behind your work
  • use academic conventions to discuss your work
  • research
  • reflect critically on your work and the work of others

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You could be eligible to enrol in our master’s programme.

I want to use my qualification

You’ll be well-equipped to be a practising artist or could work in:

  • gallery and exhibition work - exhibition design, curatorial work, front of house
  • teaching and arts facilitation
  • community-based practitioner - holistic work with whānau, hapu, iwi.

How you'll study:

This programme uses a mixed-mode delivery method that includes:

  • face-to-face learning
  • group work
  • tutorials
  • self-directed and/or directed study
  • noho

Entry criteria

You’ll need to provide evidence of your readiness to study at a degree level. This might be through:

  • NCEA Level 2
  • a Level 4 arts qualification of 120 credits
  • a creative portfolio and CV detailing experience

All applicants will need to attend an interview.

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